The Inspired series are my variations on the legendary set neck models with a carved top, flat top or semi solid. Trying to find the balance between vintage correctness and necessary upgrades to make a great and reliable instrument. With the pickups I am always aiming for a nice vintage inspired sound, trying to get rid of the muddy sound and going for the real vintage rock sound that made these guitars legendary.
The ’59, is what I consider an evolution of the iconic model. They have in common the neck angle of 4 degrees. The body shape is slightly different to improve ergonomics. The headstock angle is 10 degrees to prevent neck breakage and improve tuning stability. The tenon is longer and deeper to have more neck to body connection, which adds to the sound. I use a two way truss rod, also for more stability and possibility of neck adjustments. I use stainless steel frets, because they last longer and sound better (help open up the guitar, more definition and sustain).
Tone chambering, after many blind tests, I have found that chambered guitars have a richer sound and more overtones. There is literally going more air through the guitar. In addition to full solid, I make three versions, full depth tone chambered, half depth, and what I call neck chambering (some chambers around the neck pickup to open the neck pick-up even more). This is noted in the control cavity of the guitar and you can ask me. However, I don’t mention it on the website, to avoid preconceptions about chambering. For me, it is about the end result of the whole guitar and how the sound comes out best. It is a combination of everything, the wood, the pick-ups the hardware.
Lastly, I always use animal glues, fish or hide glue, as it has been proven that these glues are excellent for sound transmission and fully reversible.
Every guitar is an individual. And individual characteristics and woods will determine the final price tag of the guitar. Currently, most ’59 are priced between €5495,00 and €6495,00 incl. VAT.
I build guitars and then they are available. I don’t do custom orders. However, you may send me what you have in mind and I’ll log your request. When a guitar comes up that roughly matches your wishes, I could give you a notice.
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